How to Have Eco-Friendly Flowers for Your Wedding

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Green is officially the new white!

We’re vigilant about being environmentally-conscious in the everyday, so why shouldn’t we also be when it comes to our weddings? Today, we speak with Charlotte Puxley Flowers on some of her thoughts about how to be eco-friendly when it comes to florals, as well as share some of our own top tips on going green with greenery.

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Charlotte: "Often thought about where your food is from or how it is grown and delivered to Singapore? Most of us have at some point. Yet how often do we ask the same of our flowers?

Global floral markets are big business and countries all have different seasons and crops to offer. We usually buy a lot of our flowers from the world’s largest exporters, Holland or Colombia. These are flown hundreds of miles and, flowers being disposable products, means that they don’t always arrive at their best. It makes you wonder why we do not look closer to home.

But even if we can’t grow flowers in Singapore due to a lack of space, we can still buy our flowers responsibly. Looking to our neighbors, we have a host of suppliers surrounding us such as China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, to name a few.

If chosen astutely, we can get unique and beautiful flowers without the large carbon footprint. These regional flowers often fair better in our climate.

Throughout the year certain "leading ladies” in the flower world are sourced from Asia and South East Asia itself - peonies from New Zealand, and China is now also producing them from February to May; they are small but $15 for ten stems. (TWS: This is relatively affordable as far as peonies go.) Taiwanese Eustomas are my personal favorite, lasting 2 weeks. They are a strong, large, double-headed flower. Malaysia also produces strong and enormous hydrangeas from May to July.

The flowers below are an example of what was available in the course of one week. The types of flowers available are constantly evolving and changing with the seasons. As with most markets, the more the demand for these flowers goes up, the bigger the selection can become. Regional flowers also often come with lower price tags!"

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Floral List:
Poke Berry Weed: Taiwan, March – July
Wax Flower: Australia, May – October
Echinacea Pod: China, December – June
Peony: New Zealand, August – December
Heather: New Zealand, November – July
Rice Flower: China, September – December
Vanda Orchid: Malaysia, all year round
Taiwanese Foliage: Taiwan, May – September

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Here are some additional tips from us at TWS…
Send your guests home with your wedding flowers by having someone ready to arrange your wedding florals into bouquets for guests. Alternatively, choose potted blooms (potted orchids are one of our favourites!), plants or topiaries as centrepieces. These can double-up as fabulous favours for your guests to take home after the wedding.

Find ways to reuse and repurpose your flowers (e.g. bridal party bouquets can be reused as centrepieces for the reception). More on this in our feature - Top Tips on Maximising Your Wedding Flower Budget.

Another way to reuse your arrangements and brighten someone else's day while you're at it is to work with your planner or florist to gift/donate them to an organisation or charity such as one that serves the terminally ill, infirm or elderly.

Finally, consider asking your florist about blooms that are organic, fair trade, and/or to check that they aren't grown under harsh or unfair working conditions.

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Thank you so much for your input Charlotte, we're sure it's giving our couples plenty of food for thought! :)

 

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